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Posted on 11 December 2006  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe believes the feeling of disappointment in the ranks after drawing 1-1 against Villa - a team that beat us 7-2 last term - underlines the strides our Under-18s have made this season.

Alex Inglethorpe believes the feeling of disappointment in the ranks after drawing 1-1 against Villa - a team that beat us 7-2 last term - underlines the strides our Under-18s have made this season.

Tomas Pekhart (pictured right) netted his 15th goal in 13 games to put us ahead in the first half and chances were spurned to put the issue beyond doubt - we were punished for not doing just that when Villa equalised in the second half.

Nevertheless, the draw made it 10 games unbeaten and just one defeat in 14 games in the FA Premier Academy League.

Alex reflected: "It was good to see that we needed to pick the players up after the game, it's a good sign and means their standards are getting higher.

"We went ahead after a good move and almost inevitably Tomas was on the end of it, his 15th goal in 13 games, quite an achievement for the lad.

"We dominated, had chances to win it and at 1-0, the shot count was 11-4 to us and they only had one shot on target. They scored after 68 minutes very much against the run of play, a cross to the far post and we didn't deal well with the second ball.

"We had two very good chances to add to the first goal including a one-on-one and if they'd been coverted, I think we'd have gone on to win the game comfortably.

"Overall we're very happy with the performance, the result could have been better this time but we're doing okay."

Spurs U18s: Button, Mtandari, Martin, Archibald-Henville (Townsend, 78), Mills, Casey, Hughton, Lewis, Pekhart, Hutchins (Hutton, 70), Fraser-Allen (Livermore, 70). Unused sub: Stroud.